Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bookanista Feature: Brenna Yovanoff's THE REPLACEMENT


The Bookanistas are a group of writers - in various stages of the publishing process – who have decided to band together and review the special books of our peers.  No negative reviews here! We post every Thursday and cover various topics– upcoming ARCs, books we love, special diamonds in the rough, classics, and even cover reviews.

Here is a list of the Bookanistas: Christina Fonseca, Jamie Harrington, Michelle Hodkin, Kirsten Hubbard, Shelli Johannes-Wells, Myra McEntire, Shannon Messenger, Bethany Wiggins and Suzette Saxton, Beth Revis, Lisa and Laura Roecker, Sarah Frances Hardy and Katie Anderson, Scott Tracey, and Carolina Miller



THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff




THE REPLACEMENT has the most jaw-dropping cover I've ever seen. You guys just wait till you see it in real life--it's shiney and sparkly and totally, totally creepy.

Which matches the text inside. THE REPLACEMENT is beautifully written, with elegant prose akin to Carrie Ryan's THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. I think the best word to describe how it is written is poignant.

But the story is dark and eerie. It's about a boy who was a replacement--a changling who took the place of a baby. His parents and sister know, but it's the topic No One Talks About (which drives Mackie crazy). But fae aren't meant to live in the real world--Mackie's always been sick, and is very lucky to have lasted as long as he has. As the fae draw him closer to their world, Mackie must decide whether to join them (and their twisted way of living) or stay in the world that reviles his kind, a world to which he'll never truly belong.

My favorite part? The sister. I love her--especially since she has a direct link to the image on the cover. So clever. Her choices, and her way of explaining them to Mackie and their mother, is just so...knife-in-heart beautiful.

This is a scary book, but a beautiful one. Brenna's done for horror what Carrie did for zombies. Totally worth a read.


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22 comments:

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I'm reading this now and YEAH! It's soooo creepy--Im in love. The first chapter alone gave me chills! And the cover is SO pretty in real life. I can't wait to finish this.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for posting this. I hadn't heard about this book.

Alexa said...

I was lucky enough to get a ARC of this. I'm taking it to the beach next week. I can't wait to start. I love the civet so deviously creepy! Gladtohear the inside is the same.

Alexa said...

Opps or cover

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Ooh, I so want to read this. Thanks for the review Beth. :)

Matthew Rush said...

Boy that is a creepy cover ... but also kind of awesome.

~Jamie said...

That cover is so awesome that it gave me a stomachache! Seriously, I can't stop staring at it. I am not a scary book kind of girl, but I will read this one--just because that's an image that will probably never leave my mind.

Plus, I love when books are really well written like that. :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh yes, definitely creepy, but ohhhh I want to read it. I've got it sitting waiting for me. I'm ready to dive in. Great review! Love it: "knife-in-heart beautiful."

Bethany Wiggins said...

I have loved that cover for months!!!

Meredith said...

I can't wait to read this one! I love the cover, and if it has such beautiful writing, then I'm all in :) Thanks for the review!

Jill Wheeler said...

I'm so incredibly psyched for this book!

Kirsten Hubbard said...

I feel the same way about that cover. It's amazing. I was even fascinated before I saw it -- the book's editor raved about it at scbwi nyc.

Indigo said...

Sounds like my kind of book. The creepier the better. I've been wanting to read this one, just on the cover alone. (Hugs)Indigo

Christine Fonseca said...

I have been WANTING to read this book! WOOT!!!

JEM said...

Oh, how very intriguing! I am totally in love with the cover. Thanks everybody who got an ARC for rubbing it in :).

Lisa_Gibson said...

I'm dying to read this. Your review was smokin'. Excited to read it at some point.

Nicole said...

I love the color and glad the story is just as amazing. I can't wait to check this one out!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

on my list of "to reads"! ;)

Myrna Foster said...

Wow. That cover IS creepy.

Kelly H-Y said...

Yowza ... that is a creepy cover! Sounds like a scary (but good!) one!! Thanks for the review (I just love the Bookanista group!!!).

Demon Hunter said...

I've been wanting to read that book for a while, Beth. And now I will. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this. I like dark and eerie.